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Csonka’s Impact Xplosion Review 3.09.19

March 13, 2019 | Posted by Larry Csonka
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Csonka’s Impact Xplosion Review 3.09.19

– Rich Swann defeated Mike Micas @ 8:00 via pin [***]
From Victory Road 2011: AJ Styles defeated Matt Hardy @ 18:00 via pin [***¾]
From Impact Wrestling 3.08.19: Champions The Lucha Bros defeated Wentz & Xavier @ 7:55 via pin [***¼]

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Rich Swann vs. Mike Micas: Micas looks like a jacked up, swole version of Lio Rush; possibly a shrunken Big E. They lock up, and Micas overpowers Swann to begin. Swann counters a German, but Micas fights off the RANA. The standing shooting star press follows and Swann powders to the floor. Micas follows, hits a suplex and takes control. Back in and Micas has Swann grounded, working a neck crank. Swann fights to his feet, follows with kicks but runs into a lariat by Micas for 2. Micas whips him to the buckles, and grounds things again. Swann fights up again, Micas follows with a flurry of strikes and kicks, covering for 2. Swann cuts off the charge, Micas posts himself and Swann dumps him and follows with a tope. Back in and Swann heads up top, and the frog splash gets 2. Micas hits a Finlay roll and hits a moonsault for 2. Good recovery as he slipped a bit. Swann fights him off, lays in strikes and the hook kick gets 1. The superkick connects and the Phoenix splash finishes it. Rich Swann defeated Mike Micas @ 8:00 via pin [***] This was a good match, better than the usual XPLOSION special, with Micas looking good and getting a lot in.

We go around the ring with Killer Kross. Kross is drinking coffee, and is already annoyed by Mathews. Kross listens to classical music when he trains along with some new age stuff. Kross likes the Joe Rogan podcast, Killing the Town, and Keeping it 100. Kross wouldn’t say he and Moose are friends, but love violence and making money. Kross talks about bare knuckle fighting in Canada, noting that you have to throw less and more accurate strikes than in regular boxing. Mathews says he takes boxing classes for cardio, and Kross is not impressed. Kross likes Best of The Best as his favorite movie. Mathews wants to see a movie with Kross, and Kross says he’ll have VHS tapes to return that day. They talk about liking the Marvel Netflix shows. Kross then bails.

AJ Styles vs. Matt Hardy: Lock up to begin, to the corner they go and they trade rights. Chops by AJ, and works the side headlock. AJ transitions to a front facelock, Hardy escapes and tires to work the arm, and AJ back to the headlock. Takedown by AJ, and keeps control. Hardy to his feet, elbow by Hardy and then AJ gets the dropkick combo as hardy ran the ropes. AJ looks to slingshot to the floor, Hardy stops that, brings AJ in, and then tosses Hardy to the floor. AJ hits the ropes, Flair trips him up, distracts him and that allows Hardy to clothesline AJ out of his boots and cover for 2. Elbow drop by Hardy, forearms follow. Hardy charges, AJ ducks down and Hardy flies to the floor. AJ with a moonsault from the apron to the floor. Rights by AJ, but Hardy pulls AJ into the ring apron and then slams AJ’s shoulder into the steel post. The ref counts, Flair watches on as AJ tries to get back into the ring. Hardy to the floor, rights follow. He whips AJ to the railing, AJ slides UNDER it and then slingshots onto Hardy with a forearm. Back into the ring we go, chops by AJ. Rights follow that, a whip, reversal and AJ tries a German, elbow by Hardy, counters and then Hardy SLAMS AJ into the corner German style. Hardy with elbows to the back of AJ’s head, and then tosses him to the floor. Flair with chops to AJ, rights as well. Flair and the ref get into it, AJ back in and Hardy gets the catapult in the ropes on AJ, and covers for 2. Rights by AJ, but Hardy with the butterfly submission, hanging on AJ. AJ rolls and gets a cover for 2. Hardy really needs to transition to the guillotine here, but AJ gets the ropes. Hardy chokes AJ out with his boot, goes for the move again, AJ slams him to the corner but as he charges, Hardy drops him onto the turnbuckle and then gets a DDT for 2. As Hardy distracts the ref, Flair GRABS AJ’s BALLS. That is just not cool. Elbow drops by Hardy, Hardy then works a cravat, keeping AJ grounded. AJ fights to his feet, rights and chops follow. Off the ropes, and the clothesline each other. Enziguri by AJ and BOTH men are down. They trade rights from their knees, AJ in control and off the ropes, clothesline to Hardy. Another, back elbow and then the Death Valley Driver into the neck breaker for 2. Suplex into a neck breaker by AJ gets 2. AJ sets Hardy, goes up top, Hardy up and AJ jumps over him, but Hardy gets the side effect for 2. Hardy to the second rope, leaps off and gets the elbow. Twist of hate try, countered and AJ with the back slide for 2. Clothesline by AJ drops Hardy, and AJ now looks for the clash. Hardy counters it with the Alabama Slam for 2. Back elbow by AJ, Asai DDT connects, but Flair distracts the ref, and AJ only gets a cover for 2. AJ grabs Flair, Flair pokes him in the eyes, but AJ PELEs Flair. DDT but Hardy, and he sets AJ up, and climbs up top. MOONSAULT connects for 2! AJ slams Hardy to the corner, PELE from AJ as Hardy was on the ropes and Hardy is down. AJ up top…SPIRAL TAP~! 1…2…3! AJ Styles defeated Matt Hardy @ 18:00 via pin [***¾] This was a really good match and the performance from Hardy during this TNA run. Hardy actually worked a very different style (more of a brawler, used his size against AJ well) than he usually does, which is a good thing because he keeps talking about reinventing himself. AJ is AJ as always, which is a good thing.

Champions The Lucha Bros vs. Wentz & Xavier: Fenix and Xavier to begin. They work into some back and forth, superkick by Xavier but Fenix cuts him off as Pentagon attacks Wentz on the floor. The champions pick up the pace, work double teams and get a near fall. They isolate Xavier, who fires up with strikes and Fenix accidentally spears Pentagon. Wentz tags in and lays in a flurry of kicks on Fenix. The springboard knee strike follows for 2. Fenix battles back with chops; Pentagon tags in and hits a superkick to the knee. Wentz cuts him off, it breaks down, and Xavier hits an over the post assisted dive. Back in and the swanton and final flash gets 2 as Pentagon makes the save. Xavier & Fenix trade strikes, the Luchas follow with kicks and assisted Pentagon driver for the win. Champions The Lucha Bros defeated Wentz & Xavier @ 7:55 via pin [***¼] This was a good main event, just too short. I want these four to get a good 15 sometime soon as I think they could do great things.

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The 411 on Wrestling Podcast returns to the 411 Podcasting Network for episode 2. On today’s show, 411’s Larry Csonka discuses some WWE Fastlane thoughts, comments on the first round of the 2019 New Japan Cup & gives second round picks, gives quick picks for Friday’s ROH Anniversary PPV, previews the weekend EVOLVE shows, does a listener Q&A, and more. The show is approximately 25 minutes long.

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WWE Fastlane – 3:30
New Japan Cup – 5:45
ROH Anniversary Show Picks – 9:00
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Listener Q&A – 18:00

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The final score: review Good
The 411
This week’s episode of Impact XPLOSION was a good and easy watch this week. Not a bad way to kill 48-minutes.